That’s the first word that comes to mind when I look back at our travels to India. The country is famous for the Taj Mahal and megacities like Mumbai and New Delhi. But it’s the people that make the country.
It’s the people that create the atmosphere.
It’s the people that bring the country to life.
It’s the people that create your travel experience.
India has around 1.1 billion inhabitants. Urban areas are packed with people but also in the smallest villages people gather when you stop passing through their area.
Rural and urban areas had a different effect on us. We love big cities. We love the bustling life style, the crazy way people live together on a small area of land. We love to be overwhelmed by a city and its people.
In rural areas people approach travelers in a different way, more open. We passed through this small village where people gathered to watch us.
We were watched, while we traveled to India to watch them.
This was back in 1998, but I guess in many parts of India this has not changed. India is a gateway to a world that you could not have imagined existed (I will explain this in my next blog posts).
On the other hand you, the traveler, are a gateway as well. Like in many other countries, the incoming traveler is a gateway to a desired but unreachable world (at least for some).
This makes traveling countries like India intense. Very intense. I would recommend it to everyone.
I admire the Indian people. For accepting life as it is, for living life with a smile.
In 2012 we visited India again with our kids. Here is the link to the first story about that trip: Delhi India – “Dad, this is not normal!”